For 640 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 640
640 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A spectacularly trashy and aggressively flashy motorcycle melodrama in which computer-enhanced action scenes, unbound by gravity or logic, are choreographed, photographed and edited to resemble video-game stratagems.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    It’s an occupational hazard of rambling psychogeography that the unwary traveller will find themselves irritated as often as they are enthralled: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Gee negotiates this hurdle with variable success.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Neatly balancing brightly sentimental comedy with slightly edgier funny business, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone pulls off the impressive trick of generating laughs on a consistent basis while spinning a clever scenario about rival magicians waging a Las Vegas turf war with a wide multi-demographic appeal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The Legend of Ron Jeremy is, at a brisk 75 minutes, long enough to get the job done.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Offers a largely satisfying mix of broad slapstick, seriocomic sentimentality and mostly amusing satirical thrusts at easy targets.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way Fairhaven repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A one-joke comedy that is good for more than a few good laughs.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    How much mileage can a comedy get from a single joke? Quite a bit, judging from the guffaws-to-groaners ratio in MacGruber.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A lightly engaging bilingual trifle that benefits greatly from the charm of lead player Jaime Camil, a Mexican TV and film star who evidences smooth self-assurance at the wheel of what could be his crossover vehicle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Grim but engrossing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The deliberately jittery hand-held lensing enhances the mockery in this mockumentary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    May be too grisly to extend its appeal beyond its fan base.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Based loosely and playfully on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," From Prada to Nada is a predictable but pleasant comedy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Neatly avoiding temptations toward mawkish excess, writer-director Chris Dowling hits a solid double with Where Hope Grows, his intelligently affecting faith-based drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Documentarian Jessica Yu employs everything from animation and voiceover thesping to archival documents and eyewitness accounts while examining Henry Darger, a self-taught artist who has been posthumously lionized as a visionary genius.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Evan Ross impresses with an implosive performance as Tariq Mahdi, a moody young African-American.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Well-cast relationship comedy-drama is played too broadly in the early going, but gradually settles into a more appealing groove as a glossy date-movie.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Premise is formulaic and execution is predictable, but Brock maintains a lively pace while eliciting first-rate work from thesps.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Choreographer-turned-filmmaker Franc. Reyes covers familiar ground without stumbling or dazzling.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Despite the considerable impediment of a premise arguably even sillier than that of the original "Red Dawn," helmer Dan Bradley's long-delayed remake of John Milius' 1984 kids-vs.-Commies adventure delivers enough thrilling action sequences and rock-'em, sock-'em fantasy-fulfillment to amp its B.O. potential.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Offers a relatively fresh take on standard-issue exorcism-melodrama tropes, along with a performance by Aaron Eckhart that is more than persuasive enough to encourage the investment of a rooting interest.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Performances are unremarkable but acceptable pretty much across the board, and the vocal talents -- particularly Thomas Haden Church as the belligerent Tazer and Josh Peck as the lovable Sparks -- are well cast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    This filmed-in-Texas road movie finds a smooth groove between self-conscious quirkiness and broadly played farce.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Even though Frakes is back, Star Trek: Insurrection plays less like a stand-alone sci-fi adventure than like an expanded episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    There's no denying the pic's overall impact as a compelling study of art as a source of transcendence. And it will come as no surprise if this well-crafted doc eventually serves as source material for a dramatic feature.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    This overly long yet consistently involving period drama... could be described, accurately, as equal parts “Remember the Titans” and revivalist tent meeting. But until the balance tips rather too blatantly toward the latter during the final minutes, the overall narrative mix of history lesson, gridiron action and spiritual uplift is effectively and satisfyingly sustained.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A harmless and frequently humorous trifle.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Although closer in tone to "Office Space" than Herman Melville, Jonathan Parker's absurdist update of Bartleby is surprisingly faithful to the spirit, if not the letter, of the "Moby-Dick" author's 1853 novella about an under-achieving Wall Street copy clerk.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Infused with a strong sense of moral outrage, The Empire in Africa provides more heat than light while attempting to explain the motives and methods of combatants who waged the 1991-2002 civil war in Sierra Leone.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Lightweight but likable entertainment.

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